RAPID CITY, S.D. - The Great Plains Tribal Chairmen’s Health Board (GPTCHB) has announced funding of its Maternal and Child Health Department for the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate of the Lake Traverse Reservation in northeastern South Dakota and southeastern North Dakota.

The funding kick starts the Tribal Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting program on the Lake Traverse Reservation. The five-year project aims to improve healthy development, family support and early childhood learning among Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate women and children.

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There’s about $364,000 in funding for the project’s first year, which began Sept. 30.

Founded in 1986, GPTCHB is a tribal nonprofit group governed by the chairpersons and presidents of its 18 member tribes/service areas. The group conducts health promotion, disease prevention, community outreach, recovery support and technical assistance in Iowa, Nebraska and the Dakotas.